Date: June 25, 2019
Eritrea (International Christian Concern) – UN expert Daniela Kravetz has spoken out against Eritrea cracking down on the Christian community. “These actions, (closing all Catholic health facilities), show that, despite the improved regional climate for peace and security, the human rights situation in Eritrea remains unchanged”, said Ms. Kravetz. “The seizure of these health facilities will negatively impact the right to health of the affected populations, in particular those in remote rural areas”, Ms. Kravetz continued. “By curtailing the activities of the Catholic Church, the Eritrean authorities are restricting the right of their citizens to enjoy quality health care”.
Not only did she condemn the closing of these facilities, though. She also called out the government for the arrest of multiple priests and more than 70 Christians over the past several months. The crimes of these believers was opposing governmental interference in the church and gathering to worship.
Eritrea, who is a member of the UN Human Rights Council, does not live up to its international commitments. It has long been a persecutor of Christians, restricting its citizen’s freedoms of religion, press and protest. Due to this, it has earned the title of “North Korea of Africa”. The government under Isaias Afwerki has arrested thousands of Christians over the past two decades, and held them without charges or any rights. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Eritrea.
HOW TO PRAY: Pray for the reopening of the Catholic health facilities. Pray for all those who have been arrested on false charges to be released. Pray for greater religious freedom in Eritrea.